Asmussen to be Saluted Thursday Night, May 24th at Lone Star Park

Steve Asmussen, Lone Star Park's all-time leading trainer who saddled Curlin to victory in Saturday's 132nd Preakness Stakes, will return to Lone Star Park on Thursday night after spending the last three days in Louisville, Kentucky.

Asmussen has seven horses entered at Lone Star on Thursday, including Valid Lilly (Race 3), Surfboard (Race 3), Swamp Gator (Race 5), Value System (Race 5) and Soar Above (Race 7) in trials for the fillies division of the $100,000 TTA Sales Futurity. Asmussen has won the race a record seven times. The finals will be held on Saturday, June 9 - the same day Curlin will start in the 138th Belmont Stakes.

Trials for the colts and gelding division will be held Friday night.

Lone Star Park officials will salute Asmussen's Preakness Stakes victory in the winner's circle after Thursday night's first race, which is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CT.

Also, Asmussen will be joined at Lone Star Park on Monday by Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel in a free autograph session before the ninth annual Lone Star Million program. The special signings with the Triple Crown competitors will take place inside Lone Star Park's East Gate Entrance on Monday from 12-1 p.m.

Kentucky-based Borel will be in town to ride Jonesboro in the Grade III, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap - the marquee event on Lone Star Million Day.

The Lone Star Million - six stakes races, including a trio of Grade III events, cumulatively worth more than $1 million in prize money - is Texas' richest annual day of horse racing. Monday's 11-race holiday program will begin at 1:35 p.m. CT and grandstand gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

Asmussen's Preakness victory with Curlin was the biggest of his 22-year career. The 41-year-old resides just minutes from Lone Star Park in Arlington, Texas with his wife Julie and three sons, Keith James, Darren Scott and Erik Mark. He has won 665 races at Lone Star Park - more than any other trainer in track history - and eight of the last nine local Thoroughbred training titles. He's also been the national leading trainer in races won in three of the last five years, including a record 555 races in 2004.

Asmussen said Curlin would be pointed to the June 9 Belmont Stakes.

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